During one of our journeys to Colombia we have decided to cross the length and breadth of La Guajira Peninsula, as it was one of a few places that we haven’t discovered yet in this wonderful country. See below why:
It was the spiritual journey, that took us to plenty of conclusions about our roots, disussions under the sky of Guajira about differences and similarities between our cultures. Craftsmanship - hand weaving & hand crochetting is a common denominator also for Slavic ethnicities as well as for traditional European folclore.
We have spent plenty of time living in rancherias within Indigenous communities, surrounded by wild, austere nature experiencing everyday life of Wayuu people.
No electricity, no wifi, lack of regular food deliveries, no potable water.
It was one of the most fascinating but at the same time heartbreaking experiences in our life.
Although we brought our first art craft accessories hand made by Wayuu tribe couple of years ago for our own use (and we still have it!), this time - spontaneously we have spent a huge portion of our travel budget to buy all these amazing pieces of hand crocheted art to Europe risking huge excess of luggage.
We just wanted to help.
Touched by the problems of talented Wayuu women, struggling to provide for their families and having in mind their ancestral knowledge of weaving and crocheting techniques is their only source of income, we thought that buying their bags and jewelry was the only way to make their life easier even for a short moment.
Then, we just thought, why can’t we help them on a constant basis if we have professional experience that might be useful here... And this is how it all started...
Nowadays – we currently work regularly with numerous Wayuu women – paying upfront for the materials and making sure their needs are satisfied. Although running a remote business isn’t the easiest thing in the world we managed to find trustworthy people to work with us.
We have limited the number of intermediaries on purpose – thanks to this decision we are 100% sure the money goes directly to the artisans and after covering all necessary costs related to running a legal business we can offer very competitive prices to our Customers across the world. In fact we have one of the most competitive prices in Europe and pure satisfaction of paying the fair price for their skills, time involved in creation of the goods and unique patterns.
Our artisans work at their own pace and decide on their own – what type of pattern to crochet and weave. The inspiration comes from tradition, observation of their surroundings, their mood, nature and dreams. In today’s fashion world having something so unique has the highest value. Artisans hands change common materials into luxurious objects. We are happy that we can share it with the world.
The fact that fashion magazines and celebrities started to show their interest in Wayuu craftsmanship can only help us to help them.
We have experience in working with some befriended foundations operating in Colombia and Venezuela.
Nevertheless, currently, as a socially responsible company, we are working on our own awareness and charity program to give a step forward toward making the local communities life better.
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